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Today, the challenges for youth are greater than ever—and anxiety rates are spiking. With our partners across North America, Moving Traditions is helping more Jewish preteens and teens grow into adulthood with confidence, compassion, and a lifelong commitment to Jewish community.

  • Our programs connect Jewish wisdom to social-emotional learning and contemporary understandings of gender and identity to help Jewish youth figure out who they are, develop a moral compass, and relate to others with compassion and respect.
  • We research issues and create resources imbued with our unique approach to help preteens, teens and their parents explore and make meaning of the issues they care about most.
  • We train clergy, Jewish educators, and other adult mentors to facilitate open and honest conversations and transformative Jewish experiences.

Our curriculum are offered in a flexible framework so that programs can be delivered online or in person, as needed.

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Moving Traditions B’nai Mitzvah Program: An Effective Model of Family Education

Our B’nai Mitzvah program enables clergy and Jewish educators to help families navigate this life stage by addressing the joys and challenges of becoming and parenting a teen.

  • Sessions frame the b’nai mitzvah experience as the process of “becoming a teen”
  • Family engagement sessions foster dialogue between parents and pre-teens
  • The social-emotional need of 6th and 7th graders are addressed

It was nice to be reminded that other families share the same conflicts, and to learn some concrete solutions that are rooted in Jewish tradition.

The family session was a good opportunity to start having meaningful conversations with my child.

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Moving Traditions Teen Groups: Helping Jewish Teens Grow

Our Teen Groups—Rosh Hodesh for girls, Shevet for boys, and Tzelem for trans and nonbinary teens—use Jewish teachings and a gender lens to help teens explore the issues they care about most such as body image, social and academic pressure, and friendship, romance, and sexuality.

Our group is really supportive of each other, and it’s a place where I can be myself and learn to be a better person.

It is a fun place to chill with my Jewish friends while learning about being a male teen in today’s world.

Our Teen Groups bring together thousands of 8th-12th graders each year through monthly meetings with a trained adult group leader to learn how to apply socio-emotional learning and Jewish wisdom to deal with the joys and challenges of adolescence. In our most recent evaluation:

  • 85% report that their Moving Traditions group helped them connect to other Jewish teens and to the Jewish community
  • 81% learned skills to help tackle challenges/problems when things get hard or stressful
  • 80% reported becoming more self-confident
  • 79% got to know themselves better

We partner with Jewish institutions of all affiliations and types in order to address the needs of preteens and teens in their communities. To find a program in your community, please click on your location on the map below. We also offer community groups in select cities.

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Program Partners:

Canada


For other countries, please contact Sarah Fox.

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Community Groups

Our Community Groups in Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, provide families the opportunity for their teens to engage directly with our programming.

Chicago Community Groups
Colorado Community Groups
Los Angeles Community Groups
New York Community Groups
Philadelphia Community Groups

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